moto3 / Precious points for Mir in mad Mugello race
The Spaniard of the Leopard Racing Team finishes the 2017 Grand Prix in seventh position, maintaining an unchanged advantage over his rivals in the championship. Trouble for his teammate Livio Loi, outside the points.
At 11:01 local time, the traffic lights of the Mugello race went out, the sixth race of 2017 getting underway. The duo of the Leopard Racing Team started from the first (Mir) and the ninth (Loi) rows. Mir’s front row coming after yesterday’s miracle, where he landed on the front row with just a single flying lap as the flag came out.
From the beginning of the race it was immediately apparent that achieving victory would be no simple matter. A swarm of riders all fought for the lead, using a variety of different lines in every corner. Joan Mir fought with a knife between his teeth for the top five. His team-mate Livio Loi, after a great Warm Up, was still at the back of 26th place.
Turn 1 saw almost constant action, riders heading in six abreast. Palma de Mallorca’s talent fell to 9th position after contact with Binder, but in just one corner he returned the favour to take command of the race with a big break at San Donato. Just as with the South African, this stared a barrage of attacks from all comers.
But soon it became a game of tactics and slipstream and in the last laps we had 24 pilots in just 2.5 seconds. Livio Loi did not find the feeling with his bike, but the Belgian clenched his teeth and returned to 23rd place. At the head of the race, the daggers were drawn by a dozen riders who brawled for the win. Mir was good at keeping up and making no mistakes.
The Spaniard cut the finish line in seventh position, bringing home more prestigious points in the World Championship, taking advantage of the traffic that relegated his rivals to the edge of the points zone. Mir climbs to 108, leaving the gap of 34 points unchanged to his pursuers. And we’re just one-third of the season, but the World Championship does not know a break: in a week we run to Montmelo!
#36 Joan MIR – 7th:
“I am not very happy for today’s seventh position, but I’m also happy because in this race the main goal was to pick up points: I knew perfectly well that here at Mugello the race would be a madness … but not like this! It was a really crazy race: there were several overtaking moves and many contacts, on a couple of occasions I even risked falling off. I tried to do my best, hoping in the last laps to be a bit ahead. We are always leading in the rankings with the same gap, and now we head to tracks I like.”
#11 Livio LOI – 23rd:
“It was a very difficult race, one of the most difficult of all my career. All weekend we had problems and in the race I could not follow the group: in some places I lost too much time and did not feel the right feeling with the bike. Let’s see how to improve for the next race.”
Moto3™ Race – Gran Premio d’Italia 2017:
1 – Andrea Migno / ITA / Sky Racing VR46 / KTM / 20 Laps
2 – Fabio di Giannantonio / ITA / Del Conca Gresini / Honda / +0.037
3 – Juanfran Guevara / SPA / RBA BOE Racing / KTM / +0.166
7 – Joan MIR / SPA / Leopard Racing / Honda / +0.556
23 – Livio Loi / BEL / Leopard Racing / Honda / +17.713
Moto3™ World Standing 2017:
1 – Joan MIR 108
2 – Aron Canet 74
3 – Fabio Di Giannantonio 71
4 – Romano Fenati 68
5 – John McPhee 68
16 – Livio LOI 15
Photo credit: Leopard Racing